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June 19, 2013

Where Calling Someone A Jew Or An Israeli Is The Ultimate Insult

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Nasrallah billboard in Tripoli, Lebanon

A billboard in the streets of Tripoli, Lebanon, insulting Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah demonstrates how even an enemy of the Jewish people like Nasrallah is subject to attack by his enemies as being a tool of the Jews.

The billboard, apparently placed last week in response to Hezbollah’s support of the Syrian government’s ongoing fight with Sunni rebels, shows Nasrallah with the Star of David on his turban, blood around his mouth and wearing a black eye patch, an apparent reference to the iconic image of Israeli military leader Moshe Dayan. The script below the image said “Your mask fell off, oh you murderer of children and women.”

The billboard is a reflection of a larger schism within the Muslim world between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam. Both sides are invoking accusations of being a Jew or Israeli against the other as the ultimate insult.

Tripoli, a city with a majority of Sunnis, has experienced escalating sectarian tension in response to Hezbollah’s support for Syrian president Bashar Hafez al-Assad and his troops, which have been fighting Sunni rebels in Syria for over a year.

Images of the Nasrallah billboard have been widely shared on social media by those sympathetic with the Syrian rebels as well. Several Twitter users explicitly accuse Nasrallah of being a Jew, some claiming all Shia Muslims are allied with the Jews. It is a classic example of blurring the the line between anti-Israel and anti-Semitism propaganda.

Last February ADL issued a press release denouncing a similar conspiracy theory in the Middle East, which claimed the Muslim Brotherhood was secretly allied with Jews.

This past month, videos posted on YouTube showed demonstrators in Syrian cities chanting “Shia Shia oh you Jews… The army of Muhammad will return.” The slogan is a takeoff on the anti-Semitic slogan evoking the story of slaying thousands of Jews from the tribe of Khaiber in Arabia 1400 years ago.

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February 7, 2013

Hezbollah Military Branch Offers Free Podcasts On iTunes

The military branch of Hezbollah, The Islamic Resistance (“Al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya”), offers a collection of free Farsi and Arabic language podcasts on iTunes that promote both the terrorist group’s and the Iranian regime’s militant propaganda.

The collection of 20 podcasts, apparently uploaded between October 2010 and December 2012, includes speeches by Hezbollah‘s leader Hassan Nasrallah, speeches of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and militant songs and other recordings praising the Lebanese-based U.S.-designated terrorist organization and its terrorist operations. 

The Farsi description of the podcast states that the audio has been uploaded from the Iranian section of The Islamic Resistance website.

In one of the available podcasts, titled “Sanctioning Israel,” Khamenei delivers a Farsi sermon hailing efforts to attack Israel in the Arab world, describes Israel as the “Cancerous Gland,” and predicts the destruction of Israel.

Another podcast, titled “The Resistance Essay,” mixes Jihadist songs, military chants and sermons by Iranian and Hezbollah leaders. In one part, Khamenei says, “After the great and tremendous victory of Hezbollah in Lebanon [against Israel], America’s strategy in the Middle East faced a destructive earthquake. The devils of arrogance rushed to treat their drubbing and repair their defeat.”

Last year, Hezbollah used iTunes to deliver mobile access to con­tent from its satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion, al-Manar.

Hezbollah has been implicated in numerous terrorist attacks against Israeli and Western targets since 1982. Most recently, Hezbollah members were implicated by Bulgaria in the July 2012 bombing of a bus of Israeli tourists in the resort city of Burgas. Hezbollah and its main international sponsor, Iran, have also been linked to a spate of attacks and attempted attacks on Israeli diplomats and other targets abroad in 2012.

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November 20, 2012

Militant Organizations Weigh In On Operation Pillar Of Defense

Hassan Nasrallah speaks about Operation Pillar of Defense

In response to Israel’s military operation against key Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, Hezbollah, Al Shabaab and the Taliban have issued statements condemning Israel and Jews for the renewed violence.

Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, has condemned “in the strongest possible terms, the savage Jewish assault on the innocent Muslim population of Gaza.” Al Shabaab issued a statement on Twitter calling “on all Muslims, particularly those living near Gaza, to answer the call of the oppressed & come to the aid of their brothers.”

Although Al Shabaab is geographically removed from the conflict, it has previously declared an “open battle” against Jewish interests in Africa and against Israel, which it has described as the “oppressing Zionist entity.” In November 2009, it announced the establishment of Al Quds Brigade, a military unit specifically tasked with attacking Israel and freeing “Islamic holy places” from the Israelis.

Al Shabaab appears to be the only affiliate of Al Qaeda to have issued a public statement on the conflict so far. Since messages from the senior Al Qaeda leadership routinely take time to reach the public, official statements are likely to be made in the coming weeks.

Hezbollah, the Lebanese Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), has also condemned Israeli actions and expressed its support for the Palestinian militant factions via its satellite television station, Al-Manar. While Hezbollah has not yet entered the fray, Lebanese security forces report that they dismantled two rockets aimed at Israel from southern Lebanon on Monday.

Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader, encouraged Arabs to “open borders to Gaza and deliver more missiles to the resistance,” adding that “Arab countries are required to support and arm Gaza and not to work as intermediaries between the Israeli enemy and Gaza.” Nasrallah also said “the Zionists returned to their criminal nature with killing large numbers of children, women and civilians.”

Hezbollah’s Al Manar also reported on statements made by Ziad al-Nakhala, the Deputy Secretary General of PIJ, that “the weapons which the resistance uses to fight, including those of Hamas, are Iranian weapons, from the first bullet to the missile; even the locally manufactured ones are Iranian.”

The Taliban in Afghanistan issued a statement condemning “the brutal attacks on the land of Palestine.” The message calls on “the Islamic peoples and especially the leaders of the Islamic world… to take a stand… to put an end to the Israeli injustices.” The statement also highlights American support for Israel, which it claims demonstrates “support for international terrorism.”

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